Abstract

A typical aspheric singlet used as the objective lens in optical-disk data-storage systems will not work at different wavelengths or with different substrate thicknesses because of spherochromatism. Using two microscope objectives with adjustable collars and a pair of relay lenses, we have constructed a system in which a diffraction-limited spot of any wavelength in the range of 0.4–0.7 µm can be moved by as much as ±100 µm in both the focusing and tracking directions. We accomplished this by simply moving an aspheric singlet mounted in an off-the-shelf optical head. The system uses the adjustable collars of the microscope objectives to correct for the spherochromatism of the singlet and to accommodate the various thicknesses of the substrates.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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